Ernest L. Hughes

Chair, U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 279 Innovation Management

Sr. Transformation Consultant
HughesGlobal
Issaquah, Washington

Ernest L. Hughes (“Ernie” or “Lincoln”) is a Sr. Transformation Consultant, and Trainer with HughesGlobal, LLC, and Chief Innovation Officer of HughesGlobal Network, his consulting and education network focused on helping individuals, teams, organizations and value chains realize their potential and flourish through organization and leadership development, innovation and change management, and supply chain management utilizing systems approaches. He is also an Associate Professor in Logistics Management, with American Public University, Lecturer (part-time) in Retail Management with University of Washington Bothell, and Lecturer (part-time) in Strategic Management with Seattle University.

Prior to launching his consulting and education practice network, Hughes enjoyed broad leadership responsibility in a range of organizations for more than thirty years. He was most recently Director of Technical Services for Recreational Equipment, Incorporated (REI). Before joining REI, Hughes was co-founder and Chief Information Officer for Cascadia Community College after a fifteen-year technology career with Boeing. At Boeing, he managed business applications, systems engineering, software process improvement, software cost management, software engineering education, and merger integration function and change programs. He also held systems analysis and software development positions with Tenneco and Getty Oil.

Hughes earned an MS in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Software Engineering from Seattle University, and an MBA at California State University, Bakersfield. He has training and certifications in a number of specialties, including:

• Crowdsourcing and Innovation Management Best Practices
• Change Management Process, Methodologies, and Tools

In 2016, Dr. Hughes was selected by ASQ as an expert to join the United States ANSI TAG 279 on Innovation Management Systems standards. In April of 2017, he as elected Chairperson of TAG 279. He is also a member ISO TC 279 Working Group 4 on Innovation Management System Assessment.

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